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Project by ToGoMan posted 02-12-2010 12:29 AM 2305 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally found my camera under all the wood in my truck!

The “cheetah wood” was used to make this Cheetah scooter for Christmas for my son. All walnut, maple, and a hunk of birch plywood.

It’s more an exercise in laser-engraver-gone-wild than anything! The cheetah spots, snarling face, cheetah paws, and lettering are all laser work. It took about 2 hours of engraving time altogether for all the graphics.

The engraving on the deck provides very good traction, without having to use sandpaper to stand on.

I embedded a U-shaped Simpson fitting in the front wheel yoke, and there’s a 5/8” all-thread rod running from the steering handle all the way down to the yoke. The Simpson fitting is epoxied inside a mortise I cut out in the Baltic Birch plywood. I then glued a slice of maple onto this to hide the mortise before sanding to shape.

I also used a piece of 1/2” EMT in the steering support to keep the all-thread from grinding it up inside.

I also developed some basic lathe skills to make a long dowel out of walnut and maple which had been glued-up in four pieces. I then sliced-it up to make the steering column, after engraving the larger pieces. I made a smaller dowel of the same type for the steering handle.

The scooter wheels are available as replacements at Toys ‘R Us and have a bearing already installed in them. I also used 3/8” all-thread for the axles. I was running out of time, so i did not hide the axle nuts. Another 3/8” rod was used in front of the rear wheel to give the deck some strength.

After a couple of test-rides with my 40-pound son, I found the deck to be too flexible and added a slice of 1/4” maple underneath.

The overall length is about 30” and the steering handle is about 28” high. Finished it with clear Minwax exterior poly.

I designed and built it on-the-fly, so there are no plans. Next time I will modify the deck for better strength, streamline the steering support piece, and a few other changes.

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 12:48 AM

it looks like a fast little project
tank´s for sharring this idea


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#2 posted 02-12-2010 01:17 AM

This is a fun project great job.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 03:11 AM

Wow! that’s a lot of detail. Looks like a labor of love. I bet it put tons of smiles on his face.

-- Barry,

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 03:54 AM

And he only gets to ride it with his helmet on…

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 04:51 AM

looks like fun. cheetah? looks more like a giraffe to my eye…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 07:37 PM

Glad to see that your cheetah lumber was put into a project…...I have been checking fairly often to see what it turned into…..nice job.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 08:59 AM

AH! HA! The method to his madness has been revealed. Nice work.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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